WorldPeace February 1, 2002 speech
Praise God and good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
My name is John WorldPeace. I am a native Houstonian and a practicing attorney. I am running for the governor of Texas not the governor of South Texas.
Before I get started, I would like to acknowledge my wife, Kay WorldPeace. You can no longer say that you have never seen an angel because I can assure you that she is one. For the last fourteen years in good times and bad, whenever I have looked up from my endeavors, she has always been there by my side.
I have a web page at johnworldpeace.com and .org where you can find out everything about me. I post to it daily. If you want to know the truth about what is going on, go to my web page.
I served my country as an infantry sergeant in the United States Army from 1970-1972 and by the grace of God, I was sent to Italy instead of Vietnam. I have three sons who served in the United States Marine Corps of which I am very proud.
I have never used illegal drugs and I have honored my parents.
When I was 8 years old, I experienced a calling to prepare myself to work for the betterment of humanity. Ten years later, when I was about to graduate from high school, I made one of the required visits to the counselors office. While I was sitting at Ms. Keller's desk, I happened to notice a few lines of a poem under the glass at the corner of the desk. They read:
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference."
For the majority of my life, I have taken that road less traveled and it has made all the difference.
In December 2000, George Bush, was declared the President of the United States and I knew the upper cadre of the Republican Party in Texas would be leaving for Washington. I also knew that the Democratic Party had been in disarray and chaos for many years. I knew that it was a unique time in Texas politics when the playing field was level and there was no recognized leader in either Party.
Consequently on January 1, 2001, I declared my candidacy for Governor of Texas, set up my web page and proceeded to make 20 million automated telephone calls statewide announcing my candidacy.
The 2002 governor's race in Texas is about a lot of things but at its core it is about race. It has been about race since the Hispanic caucus took place in June 2000 at the Democratic Convention. It was there that it was determined that the Party needed to run a Hispanic for governor and for the last 19 months virtually all that has been discussed in the press and within the Party is the growing Hispanic influence on Texas politics. All that has been talked about is the Hispanic voters influencing the future of politics in Texas even though they represent less than a third of the voters.
Little or nothing has been said about the Black voters who have supported the Party for decades. The Black leaders have been silent and the press has been silent.
And nothing much has been said about the majority of White voters who have always controlled the statewide offices.
If you disagree with that, then explain why there are no Black or Hispanic governors or United States Senators in the United States of America.
In the Democratic Primary, you can pretty much rest assured that the Blacks will vote for Ron Kirk for Senator, the Hispanics will vote for Victor Morales and the Whites will vote for Ken Bentson. Bentson will win and then Texas will keep Phil Gramm's seat White. Certainly there are other factors such as Bentson's experience and many Blacks and Hispanics will vote for Bentson, but generally the citizens of Texas will be forced to acknowledge that the Senate race had a very definite racial under current.
When I changed my name in 1988, I withdrew from every group of which I was a member. I withdrew from Mensa. I withdrew from the Masons. I withdrew from membership in my church. And by withdrawing, I embraced all groups.
A few years later, I wrote the following which has become my signature statement:
"How can we manifest peace on earth if we do not include everyone (all nations, all religions, all races, both sexes) in our vision of peace?"
Peace is more than the end of violence. It is the end of the causes of violence. Peace is at its core all the ideals of our Texas and Federal Constitutions. Peace is equality and justice for all.
An American peace will never manifest WorldPeace. A Christian peace will never manifest WorldPeace. A White peace will never manifest WorldPeace. A male peace will never manifest WorldPeace.
True peace, lasting peace, will only manifest when: 1) women take their equal place with men in all areas of society; 2) we acknowledge that there are many paths to God, but there is only one God; 3) we embrace the idea that while there are many races, we are all human beings; and 4) we recognize that there are many nations but there is only one world society.
No one on the planet other than myself has committed his or her life to equality and justice for all. No one has believed in equality and justice to such a degree that he or she changed his or her name to WorldPeace. I changed my name so that when someone says my name, hears my name or reads my name they must consider WorldPeace for at least a moment.
No one else has been willing to take the abuse that goes along with advocating peace. Very few have been willing to take the risk of other men of peace (Lincoln, Gandhi, King, Rabin) all of whom were assassinated for their advocacy of equality and justice and peace.
Texas stands at the threshold of the 21st century. The choices for governor in the Democratic Primary are clear. John WorldPeace who has no assets or Tony Sanchez and his wealth. John WorldPeace who has dedicated his life to ending racism or Dan Morales who has dedicated himself to prolonging racism.
I am an advocate of peace but everyone knows that I am not a pacifist. Ever since I declared my candidacy for governor, I have waged a nonstop war against the press and the Democratic Party bosses as they have attempted to crown Tony Sanchez King of Texas based solely on the fact that he has a lot of money and without regards to his corruption.
I have been challenged at every turn as I have committed to allocate half my appointments to women and a percentage to Blacks and Hispanics in which they vote in the November elections. Sanchez and Morales refuse to make such a commitment.
I have been ignored as I have committed to a $2,500 raise for teachers and financing education by legalizing casino gambling on the Indian Reservations and thereby stopping the flow of Texas money into Louisiana. That money will be used to raise Texas from 48 of 50 states nationwide with regard to education. Yet Sanchez and Morales are touted for their no concrete plans for education.
I have committed to return a moment of silence to acknowledge God to the schools because if "In God we Trust" on our coins and "one nation under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance does not establish religion, neither does a moment of silence to acknowledge God in the schools establish religion.
Sanchez and Morales have refused to address this issue because they fear rejection from the voters more than they have faith in God.
I am John WorldPeace and I am not a "crackpot" as Tony Sanchez alleges and I am not a "kook" as Dan Morales alleges.
What I am is an advocate of peace and equality and justice. What I have is a 14 year commitment to peace, equality and justice as is evidenced by my name change.
What I am is a man dedicated to ending racism and the inequality of women because I know that once these core injustices are resolved everything else will take care of itself.
The voters' choice in the March Primary is clear. Two potential paths lay ahead. Sanchez or Morales and politics as usual or WorldPeace.
God Bless Texas
God Bless America
God Bless You
The next governor of Texas
No more corruption. No more Monicas
February 1, 2002